Up In Smoke
This film starts with a steamboat gliding along a Southern river. What follows is a parody of a cutthroat Southern tobacco company. "The Boss" (the head of the tobacco company) is a Huey Long character unconcerned with people's health. He (and all of his stereotypically foolish southern cohorts) want to sell sell sell. His son (an outstanding athlete and a southern gentleman) eventually changes his father's greedy attitude to one of respect for human lives.
This bizarre film plays like a 1960s TV sitcom.
Danger Lurks Safety cigarettes tobacco anti-smoking antismoking
Subject: It's the guy from Emergency!
Considering this was produced in the early 60's, it's a pretty interesting time for a anti-smoking production. I'm assuming Big Tobacco still had a pretty big lobby back then. I wonder how this film was received?
Also notice in the film no one is actually smoking.
Subject: smoke 'em if ya get 'em
the film gets nuttier as it goes along and every scene with JB, the tobacco tycoon is pure gold. who knew boss hogg went to the strasberg school?
the guy's pretty hard core about getting people to smoke his brand of cigarettes. even taking out ads in high school papers.
this is a must watch if depictions of southern good 'ol boys tickle your fancy and of course if you like dream sequences of baseball players using a giant cigarette as a bat.
"don't rile me, boy!"
Subject: That crrraaaazzzyyy Brigham Young!
Subject: Comedic anti-smoking message
man, woman and child in the country" smoking heavily.
Up in Smoke does show its age, but its concerns are still relevant. One of the best films I've discovered in the archives.
I like the music that accompanies the scientist who is constantly trying to make a real research breakthrough!
Subject: Smoke that Cigarette! But Not With my Son!
"The Boss" is the CEO of the ÃÂHumbarÃÂ cigarette company. When he sees his profits drop, he has a fit and sends the marketing people out too woo every Tom, Dick and Harry and their children to smoke, smoke smoke! His son, who is supposed to inherit the factory, isnÃÂt too keen on this though, and when he visits his Dad at the offices, the advertising people quickly thrust him with a model, and take pictures. Dad doesnÃÂt like this! I mean, thereÃÂs deceptive advertising.. But not with his son! Oh Brother.
Filled with corny lines and actors who look darn familiar, this one is ok, but itÃÂs not going to change the world.
Subject: A Few Good Laughs
Up In Smoke is way too long and gets boring in middle, but the last scene is so good that it makes the whole film worth watching. Nicely tinted colour too. ***/*****